Fourth-Generation Alaskans Are Tough

The family of singer Jewel is headed to reality television in Alaska: The Last Frontier!


Reality television is headed up north to pay a visit to the extended family of singer Jewel. Her father, along with a handful of other relatives, will appear on the Discovery Channel's Alaska: The Last Frontier beginning Thursday.

Atz Kilcher, father of Jewel (birth name Jewel Kilcher) and grandfather of her son Kase Townes, will be the focus of the new reality show. Viewers will witness Kilcher preparing the family's fourth-generation 600-acre homestead, located in the town of Homer, for winter.

Though she was born in Utah, Jewel spent the majority of her childhood in Homer, Alaska, a fishing community located about 125 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The 37-year-old singer's grandfather, Yule Kilcher, had settled in the town after emigrating from Switzerland. After arriving in Alaska, the Kilcher patriarch went on to become a delegate to the Alaska State Constitutional Convention and a state senator.

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Jewel's childhood home in Alaska did not have indoor plumbing. At times she and her father Atz would earn a living by singing in bars and taverns. Today the "Who Will Save Your Soul" singer credits this firsthand experience for her unique yodeling background.

A description of Alaska: The Last Frontier boasts of the people:

These men and women of the wild live off the land, spending the limited months of summer and fall gardening, hunting and fishing for food, gathering supplies from the land and preparing their animals' safety in preparation for surviving the harsh Alaskan winters. Most live completely off the grid, with no running water and no electricity -- and are proud of it.

Supporting her family's reality show debut Jewel tweeted on Wednesday, "Don't forget to watch my family in Alaska: The Last Frontier on the Discovery Channel TOMMORROW night dec 29th!"

Will you be tuning in to watch Jewel's family in the Alaska wilderness?

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Comments on "Straight from Alaska: Jewel's fam debuts reality show"

Candy Parks March 27, 2014 | 7:34 PM

I love this show and look forward to every episode. I lived in Northern Ontario Canada and winters are brutal, the running water was always run for it and harder when the lake was froze over. For those of you that criticize this show they do show what it is like to survive the elements. They know how to survive, could you? If something happened to our very spoiled northern hemisphere, where there was no electricity, no lights, no running water, no grocery store, etc.. could you survive? Way to go Jewel and your family.

Joanne Shurtleff February 28, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Wish we could read more of the family that is always posted as twitter or some other source. We cannot pull this off of our computer as it always ways it is blocked. Would like to hear more about Jane, Charlotte, Nikos, August, Atz Lee, Yule, Ruth, Eivin, Otto, and everyone else that is hooked to the show. More info that we can read online would be most helpful and something we can read.

Karen Z January 27, 2014 | 9:37 AM

I learned a lot of the things that are portrayed here as I spent a lot of time working in logging, farming and as a truck driver. It was a hard rewarding life. I just wish someone would tell Charlotte not to drive a tractor over rough ground with her thumbs inside the steering wheel. Good way to break It!

Judy January 12, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Love this show, kinda a bucket list item to live in Alaska

Amy G January 05, 2014 | 3:03 PM

This is BY FAR the best reality show on tv!!! Is it ALL real... prolly not. I have watched ever single episode and NEVER once has ANYONE said the were poor or in need. The fact they live off the land and are self sustaining is FANTASTIC!!! I'm sure they still shop at stores and all that, but the fact they CHOOSE to live with no running water, an out house, and very little indoor plumbing is incredible! For most of us in the US take those things for granted. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the show, the family, and their lifestyle!!!!!

linda b July 04, 2013 | 2:26 PM

people aren't stupid. you see them with their clothes that they had to buy somewhere. People need to get off their back. I think the show is great. It's like going back in time and away from all the bull that goes on in this world. I know it isn't all real but I think a lot of it is. So what! It's a good show and I look forward to watching it. It's not a knock off of sarah ------ show.

Tim June 17, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Of course when making a TV show you want ratings. Drama is needed. If people watch reality shows because they think that they are real, then they are silly. However what these familes do, raising and hunting many of their meals is awesome. Atz and Jewel singing in bars for money is a great story. She made it big time, of course they aint hurting, but they dont live there because they have to. They live out there because they want to.

Sharon May 23, 2013 | 4:07 PM

You don't have to live in Alaska to grow up with in door plumbing.. Try Texas in 1953...

Bob March 23, 2012 | 8:21 PM

What a joke!! The show makes it look like the kilcher family has it so bad. They have it better then most up here in Alaska. Talk with a family member and they said that the show made them do alkinds stupid stuff .Like park their new car behind the barn. Wanted them to quit their job to make them look poor. Made it look like if they did'nt get a moose they would starve. Now that's a joke when there 3 grocery stores 10 mile away from their home.That why you can't beleave reality shows. Their all staged

Z.T. Armstrong January 06, 2012 | 12:25 PM

I would like to see her husband, Tye Murray ride a bull across Towny Jone's a&&. Let mim know in a minute who Jewel is. Yassuh!

Michelle December 29, 2011 | 10:15 PM

I grew up in Alaska with no electricity or indoor plumbing and a father who forced us to live off the land. This show overdramatizes this lifestyle and there are inaccuracies in this show that I am sure other alaskans will find difficult to swallow. That being said all reality shows are pretty much overdramatized and based loosely on truth. So I guess Kudos on a great idea for a new show.

Tawny Jones December 29, 2011 | 7:12 PM

Jewel? Who is that? We have already seen & enjoyed "Sarah Palin's Alaska". Looks like somebody is trying for a knock-off copy. It won't fly.

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